Facebook SDK 3.0 for Android and a new Android Dev Center introduced today let you quickly access tools and resources you need to build great social apps.
This release of SDK provides advanced functionality that makes it easier to build more immersive social experiences, as well as better distribute and promote your app. "With our SDK and Open Graph, now it's even easier to get more people to install and use your apps regularly," Facebook posted.
This release is the biggest overhaul of Android SDK so far, and is also backwards compatible. Here's an overview of the new features: New native UI controls; Simplified session management; Better Facebook API support; and Mobile install measurement."
And, the new Android Dev Center helps you learn the basics, get the tools you need and understand concepts in our SDK. The new content includes:
- "Getting Started: Get up and running with the SDK
- Tutorial: Walk through building your Facebook integration
- Concepts: Learn the basics of building and growing your app with Facebook
- Reference docs: Start coding with our documentation and sample code," informs Facebook.
In addition to last Wednesday's update, that include Drive Installs and Discovery with Mobile App Install Ads, the company now introduced Screenshot Importer, that enable you to import your app's screenshots from Apple App Store and Google Play to feature on Facebook App Center.
You will see a new link next to Screenshots in the App Details section that enables the import flow. In order to use this feature, "you need to associate your App Store ID (iOS) or Package Name (Android) under settings and set the platform you want listed in App Center," Facebook said.
And, the updated Test User interface under the Roles section in App Dashboard provides a simple interface to provision and manage test users, who can help test your web and mobile app integrations before launch.
Celebrating October as "Bullying Prevention Month," Facebook just introduced a new page to its Family Safety Center to help people raise awareness about the specific actions that people can take on Facebook to prevent bullying.
"We are also standing with the Ad Council as it launches its bullying prevention advertising campaign on TV, in print and online. We are deeply integrating the Ad Council content into our Stop Bullying: Speak Up program, now in its second year with more than a million "likes" and more than 140,000 young people and adults who have taken the pledge to be more than a bystander," the company stated.
To learn more, check the Facebook Safety page.
Finally, the company expands its AV Marketplace to include seven new partners to coalition of security companies -- include: avast!, AVG, Avira, Kaspersky, Panda, Total Defense, and Webroot.
Facebook notes, that since its debut in April "more than 30 million people have visited the AV Marketplace." And, they've implemented new phishing protections, and also launched firstname.lastname@example.org, an email address available to the public to report phishing attempts against Facebook.
Also, back in July, Facebook launched new malware checkpoints and provided users with the ability to self-enroll in these checkpoints to help keep their devices malware free.
You can visit the AV Marketplace now to download free anti-virus software for PC, Mac and Mobile.